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11th April 2018
The Youngest Jockey to Win the Grand National

The Youngest Jockey to Win the Grand National

Bruce Hobbs remains the youngest jockey to win the Grand National, the world’s greatest steeplechase. Less than 3 months after his 17th birthday he guided the American bred and owned horse Battleship to a dramatic victory at Aintree on 25 March 1938. To add more spice to the young jockey’s historic victory, Battleship’s owner, the American heiress Marion Du Pon…

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8th April 2018
The Race That Never Was

The Race That Never Was

The 1993 Grand National was described by Peter O’Sullevan, the doyen of horse racing commentary as ‘The race that never was’.   With a global audience in excess of 300 million and the packed stands at Aintree anticipating the next instalment of the world’s greatest steeplechase, the race suffered two false starts and descended into chaos. 39 horses went to p…

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6th April 2018
Newmarket Grand National Winners

Newmarket Grand National Winners

For the last three hundred years, Newmarket and its near neighbour Exning have had the choicest bred flat horses in the land striding up their gallops but during the 20th Century, they were also home to six Grand National winners. The first of those was one of the greatest perennials to grace Aintree. The 1923 winner Sergeant Murphy, who had been 4th in both 1920 and …

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23rd March 2018
58 in the Lincoln Handicap

58 in the Lincoln Handicap

The Lincoln Handicap has historically signalled the start of the flat season.  One of the most remarkable races at the Carholme course in Lincoln took place in 1948 when 58 ran in the Lincoln. The Lincoln Spring handicap was first run in 1853 over a mile and a half (it was reduced to its current distance of a mile in 1865). In 1965 the handicap moved to Doncaster Rac…

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12th March 2018
Kribensis, the Newmarket Champion Hurdler

Kribensis, the Newmarket Champion Hurdler

Sir Michael Stoute, Sheikh Mohammed and the son of a Derby winner teaming up for a victory at the highest level in 1990 – nothing too unusual about that was there? Well there was on a day when the victory in question took place not at one of the world’s premier Flat tracks but instead at the crucible of jump racing, in the Group 1 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. K…

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9th March 2018
Tied Cottage – A Champion in my Heart

Tied Cottage – A Champion in my Heart

The annals of the Cheltenham Gold Cup are littered with horses that with a bit of luck would have had their names engraved on that role of honour. Pendil is a perfect example. None can be as gut-wrenching, however, as Tied Cottage. Trained by Dan Moore, he of L’ Escargot fame, Tied Cottage was foaled in 1968 and was by Honour Bound out of Cottage Ray. He made his Fe…

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9th February 2018
Charles II & Palace House

Charles II & Palace House

Palace House is steeped in royal history, this blog looks at how Charles II chose to settle on Newmarket to build his sporting palace and stables. 6th September 1651 Charles and Colonel Carlis a royalist officer, hide amongst the branches of an Oak tree at Boscobel House. Fear made their hearts beat furiously. They could hear and see the Roundhead soldiers searching t…

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9th February 2018
The 2007 Winter Derby

The 2007 Winter Derby

When visitors climb the stairs to the Trainer's House at the National Heritage Centre there is a very large vibrant photograph of the 2007 Winter Derby which was won by Gentleman’s Deal. Gentleman’s Deal, by Danehill, is the horse in the centre of the photograph (his rider Paul Mulrennan is wearing a yellow cap).  He was trained by Mick Easterby in Yorkshire. Li…

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9th February 2018
Mill Reef - Early Career

Mill Reef - Early Career

Named after a stretch of coastline near owner and American philanthropist Paul Mellon’s winter home in Antigua, Mill Reef was foaled at his Rokeby stud in Virginia on 23 February 1968. To celebrate the incredible career of the 1971 Derby and Arc winner we have lined up a series of Q&A blogs during the year with his trainer Ian Balding. Our first blog features hi…

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9th February 2018
Take a Newmarket Tour in 2018!

Take a Newmarket Tour in 2018!

Newmarket is a fascinating place to visit. It is rich in history and heritage, surrounded by beautiful countryside and home to some of the most famous names in horseracing. However, arguably the most interesting thing about our town is the many unique and often quirky characteristics that you may not have known existed. For example, did you know that horses have right…

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